STANDARD FORM NO. 64
Office ^tAMS¥-A¥iSl4M • UNITED Sfiffit^^i^ERNMENT
DATE: August 2k, 19Ad
^SOTjECT: DC31IALD L; west, WAS
INTEBNAL SECtJRITT - C
Ur« QODISr W» mWQIDS, 126 Bark8<3ale Driv«» NE, Atlnta,
Georgia, advised that vbile if ai ting for a bus in June of 19A6 he
had conversed with a neighbor of his, 8ENmJB^^I(SSi^JUa06
_ ^ ... . IffiHOIDS staf^rtHSl^SIGBEa told hla ,
he Ittla High School, lala, Georgia,
■ifhen to had been principal of the
17th_S treet, NE^ Atlanta ♦
that he hadnade a speech
at the request of DONALD
high school and that because of his, WEXSIG^'s^ speech the patrons
of the lula High School had fired WEST. RESHOIOS stated that
WBISIGER told him he had arranged and obtained a position at
Oglethorpe University for DCNAU) IM WEST 4s a professor*
REYNOLDS advised he was not. well acqoainted nith WEISIGER
bat that he tlOKlerstood WEISK^R had taken a tour through Texas a nd
had made quite a few speeches at different high schools and that he
was retired on a pension from the S outhern Bell Tol* phM«>__gOiBpanyo
REYNOLDS further advised that WEISI6BR, as he recalled, had been
very- much interested in labor whilr employed by the Southern Bell
Telephone Company and it was his mderatanding he had been a ^
fir« RSSN0I03 stated that he tvas bringing this inf omation to
the attention of the Federal Bureau of Inveetigaticn t^eeause KBNDALL^
13EISICER has be« appointed a member of a board to review loyalty .
cases in the Atlanta area* ^
Mr* ERNEST Wv HAXES, Givil Service Ceatmission, Atlanta, ad-
vised that Mr^ KENDALL IJEISIGER ' of 206 17th Street, NE, was one of
the four members of the Loyalty Board for ttiis area*
The above is furnished for your infozmation*
OTRDED - 116
INDEXED : lis
12 AUG 261948
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
THIS CASE ORIGINATED AT
REPORT MADE AT
PERIOD FOR cWHlCH^MADK
•.RBPORT MADE BY
Vi mLSER PROSPERE
IiOmLD. LBS YffiST, Was.
CHARACTER OF CASK
INTEmL SECURITY - C
SYNOPSIS OF facts/
DONA-LD LEE YffiST attended' banquet at Hermitage
Hotel;, .Nashville J Tennessee on April 18, 194S.
Meeting .sponsore d bv Dixie Conference of Rail-
road Train Men. I I recails IrjEST having
been present but knoY/s of no further activity
on his part in connection v/ith the meeting.
Informant stated that Y^"EST attended another
me.eting. at the time he Vilas in Nashville although
unable to furnish ainy details concerning it,
- RUG -
Bureau Pile No. 100-20396, . ZHj- Lul <c:
Report of SA JOSEPH T. SYLVES^TER, JR. dated 8/9/4^^ ^
Atlanta ♦ * ^f\J^
advised that 3X)NA.LD lEE YJSST from Atlanta,
DETAILS I ^ ,
Georgia attended a banquet of labor leaders "vvhich was
■ addressed by A. F. T^HITNEY of the Railroad Brotherhoods v/hich v/as held in the
Hermitage Hotel during the spring of 1948* Informant stated that this banquet
was atterided by representatives of the Railroad Brotherhoods, CIO, A*F, of L,,
independent unions ^and all manner of labor representatives. He stated that ^
he attended this banquet, and that he recalls subject having been present
but does not recall his 'having taken an active part in the proceedings. He
stated that there 7Jere a number of meetings held during the course of the
gathering of labbr representatives and he vaguely remembers that TJEST attended
one of these meetings. Hov^ever, he stated that he did not recall the name
of the group or the nature of its business. He stated 'that he had knovm
'jyEST for^quite sometime and considered hira to>e very'radical. Informant
COPIES OF THIS REPORT
5 J- Bureau
2 - Memphis
DO NOT WRITE IN THESE SPACES
g SEP 8 1948,
stated he did not recall aryone else ^ho attended the ijieoting that ^^ST went
to, nor did he recall anyone else at the banquet who mxght be able to throw
further light on the subject.
Temporary Confidential Informnt T-1 advised ^J^J °\^P^j;^„^^;.^^^g
and 20 the D^e Conference of Railroad Train lien v/as held at the Hormxtage
Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, and that a number of prominent labor ^Jg^^
addressed the gathering, including A. F. VillHKEY and JAte? oAEEY 1^^^^^*
Informant stated he did not recall subject 's name and stated that ^J^J^^ot
stay at the Hermitage Hotel during that period. It is noted that referenced
report reflects that subject was in Nashville for only one day. b7D
I Ifuftber stated that he was not familiar- with the organization
Farmers Union and had never heard of it in connection with labor actxvxties
in the Nashville area.
- REFERRED UPON COMPLETION TO THE OFFICE OF ORIGIN -
For ptirposQS 6f this xoport^ Temporary Confidential Informant T-1
is idontif ied as follows t
Ho is being given a temporary confidential informant symbol by viriue
of the information furnished by him.
BHgi says eaim progmis
designed to pin5vide\iTe youths a
sense of sharing- in . useful enter-
prise and an experience in group
living. He said the program
* evolved Irom the war, when youth-
iwork bands were organized to
^ help- harvest crops.
? West was reluctant to discuss
me camp saying it was none of
The Constitution's business. When
asked whether or not he was a
Communist,. West refused to an-
„ Bragg, however, .said the' camp
was operated strictly on a non-
sectanan, non-political, non-racial
basi^ and a man's politics did not
enter into one*s relationship with
West said the camp was con-
nected m no way with the People's
Institute of Applied Religion, an
organization, with headquarters in
Birmingham, which U.. S. Atty,
Gen. Tom Qark has called sub-
West says he^ is participating. An'
religious activities of the commu-i
made talks in various
:churches., ^ejsaid.'he is a;ministe3:1
^^t?f:-^^, said'he formerly, was ai
Baptist, but now is "a Congrega-
The two- boys enrolled in the
camp refused to give their names
lor publication and also refused
to be photographed. They said
their refusal was based on news-!
paper criticism, of West.
Sirls, all of high school age,
are jSTona Bai3;d, of New York City
Marcia Haseltine, Belmont, Mass.
Jean Roethlisberger, Cambridge,
^Mass.; Hel^^ Bevine, Duluth,
Mmn.; Renee/^eu, of New Tork
City .and AnA West, daughter of
► Jjon West.
' , Maurice mer,. of Lowell, Mass.,
IS Director of the camp. John
Tegerj ^Director of all Unitarian
WQrk camps, is also helping, to or-
ganize the Georgia camp.
^ People , of the community in^
which Jhe camp located say they
. don t know much about *it other
than they have heard West intend-
, ed to brmg in , underprivileged
.children. C. E. HalJ, a farmer, exv
1^ } rP^W Sliy^^^ poems, ^
"Cl9ds;of Southeriiliarth," which!
,he said West ^aye him to read. '
ATL&KTA CONSTITUTION, AUG. 10^ 1948
I lilt* Cl0jJjX**«»*i»»««i*^
By BHili BORING.^.
Don "West, Georgia educate? and
Doet (a Une 6f one of his poems
ffifed in The Daily WorKer
"I am a Communist ..•).!« neip
ing to organize a work camp fcr|
tein-aged youngsters i". J.^^^"^
TKe camp, now PPP^^^^^^^astSn
girls and two boys toom Eastern
lind Midwestern- cities. »s sitt^*!*
nn a 200-acre larrii owned 'by West.
It ^ sponsored by '^^^^^^^^^
Service Committee of the Unite.-
r^n Church as one of mne such
camps in the U. S.. accordmg to
Smond B. Bragg, fxecu^ve Di
rector, Bragg was at the Georgia
ctra^ yest^day on an inspection
West says that while the camp
currently is being operated, a^ a
work camp for youths, he hopes
to develop it eventuaUy mto a
camp for underprivileged Georgia
Present guests of the ca^P have
been there since July 1 and wui.
rmain two weelcs longer, acpord-
,ing tathe directors. Xhey are a^l
Sgh school youngsters wh" .sayj
they are finding the pursuit of so-
ciaf studies in the South excitmg.
A typical day at the camp be-
gins wHh breakfast at 7, followed
bv a two-hour work period, uot^
lY Of lembdelmg into, a dormitoij
of the old- barns on. the place
Ker two-hour > ^rork Penod
comes in the afternoon. Evenings
usually are taken- up with discus-
sSm of sotiat and econofeic -prob-
Ss of the South (stich as share-
cropping, the Negro ,problem, the
Ku Klu Klan) atid recreation...
The youngsters are taken on.,
tours Qf the rural countryside
wTiPre thev say they gam first-
^LTkhowledge^f coupons -m
the South. One ■t°«'^,/^f „S
47 SEP 2 1948
This case obiginatpd at ATLAUTA
REPORT MADE AX;
PERfOD FOR WHICH MADE:
File No. 100^59
REPORT MADE BY:
TITLE: . 0
CHARACTER OF CASE:
Daily WOrkeJ? reflect $ theiollofBingt sub^eot' wofcia .J)66ai7^sten,
IJm JL; Qmmidst^ in t$3ki f34d AtWa, ©SGrgla, xm i&ia «ot»^t
on :^arges of inciting^ to Inaarfceotipnji spiSsQ at Boston, Ifitss.
1^3^ ^.Qspieos l^ern&tional Xabor. o^^jtiso deznandirig release
of EaiIS3f|MBI«ANN5 jailed. 1?35 I>ine-dai9, Kantucky fer activities
in cojaneqiicm with miner's strikei stibjeot oto National Goaii^tte©
^a^i^^MJSB^m^Jar election Sf BSOmir.aM FOBD iihen sub-
Jiot was in:.tQtds:vi;ae,JKenttiol£yf .i^^ State Organiaisr^ ^
of t<?rka?5 Jdaianee of. Kentueky:,and meatier «f Rational t3iiimpi<^d<l*
C^jjnaittee for ^OTB and EOBD ia 19361 subject iras pees^^ at
reosption to It&tmtejEK, only negrp affioTjer Central Craaaittea of
G*?4* at Hw^ loric cwy 6-21-37$ sul^ject listed as Gaorgl*
oj*gania«r of C»P» in Eentueky at tSie tiB&v JSpnfidential inf onaaafe
adviseis aubj^t beoaiao a GoiBaaftist ia 193U .and was a atsatier la
and 2$li&». Sttbdiect coatiaaiea fa I© a edafcact of HOMBa SATES
ICCi^^ G, jp* ia.stri<?t Organiaer for Cleorgia*. . Other cSacts'sei'
et*», Siiljjedt pras^tjy residing on..fa»Bi* Eoate ^todglasville^
Biirdau iBL.le ij^i^@^£8^w
'Hepcsrt of SA JOSEiH. SILVISTER,
Isport of SA ^Q&sm SaVESSHS,:
Ti 1 fill T^nirii'i
ttRi dated at Atlaiita S-ft-^ltB,
- RESIITO ADBBESSSS AMD.. .OGCUgiTldN ,
Goaf ideoxtial infcBfaaiib T-7 advises subject presently resldit^
on the Old Bph Butler Paria^ jSaut© It, nine, adlea otxtside of
Douglasville.,. d^eWgia*. CpMidentia^iflfdM^^tl^^g^^^
COPI^pF THIS^REgOBLt FURNtSHgQ TO;
3.=^i i*'^- i.^-'3
ICORDED AND INDEXED:
• , 9ry^ .that iSie HDiiaei^rLI^^ the; wiijfjeci
at aJoTOiXfiffm. ic subj.ect.„i4 ^ices^r^ land!;
Sub^jsibi; wa^ bpril Cageiieba^^^ Son: 6f '
': - ,-\ ' :V ' ' EtrjEDBNCB-os }SE;msBsam^ ",: ' ; ' ^' ,' '.
■ i&aeK/datf)^^!^^ iiiis,-not!lia.JfiaKt&9^i^ of
5 * •
. I ain Don ^est^^ to6> ^ ^
* ; ^ ! !Bift.th0 poet / \~ * -
; Is; a Gi^rVfpr 4pst^^ /v
. ; ■ ^ llhe/Z^nimti^ la .the* ^bem|)0red soiil,
. , Of' hjondfed* j|dlIion ^.toilers - ;
/ ' ^ ' ^ ' ' ' ' /
/ ; His' 3?idp,d ppit^^^ :
. 3^ veins . and aries^-but^ ^ . /
^ \* * Iy/'#iT'th§^;^^ : ,
- sings i^^^ ; r
J 'v-;\,y\ ndt. for^igci* -j^^ V - /
: ;/ ;V \, No bpc^ ' :/
.^¥ith,*b^lldtij^ed>^^^ / ' \
*^ H^'Xsed ; ;
/ * " :^d :3, .Q.m • r' !
- ' - r - ; 'TBat me^aiif ^-^ ' " - ^ \., -
,v ^ ^-"^ ^^^'T waiit ' brVajd:, ; • ; ; \ }; ^" ^ ^
. ' " V '/^^ ^Jihd; , ; - / ' ^, . r ' ^
' ^^i^r^^' M^'i^^ I ' v/-
/ / ' srbtigs^o the I$p?;\. , ; ;
Q£ .youi*'" ;an3a;0^^ mbtfrers' ^ ' '-^^ <
' ,\ ; . " IBip scrTlb'-/ ^ - ! ' , " . V ^ ,
' ■ ; ^^-^ '
Bid-you kzet\ Beair. .of the ' ' / ; ; ,^
:lfca^ th^;^^.e .put tf^ ngei: TSBSf , a«aa:;;or£ajaLm»i»;. 'Bie. article- iisp ' ' " ' '
.. .stated •n»N.5IE59?,..a/Coiiaia4st». vag. ;b&i;<giso3%t:.:6n-:a^ch^ <J£ 'Vlii* - '
f |tl^, ta iiistti*fcectlon« ; The;. aa*iolev.ais.olj3jiatedLtha told- iiis -
|tpry of ai fii^tvfroEuQe&rgia^A^^ ^offices. mtiia Natidii^' CooBBitte'e
V for-the ^^^sei^ i^ ^olittcal^Pcla^^ ;cit3r.
^* 1^aK .aat©„ of ^ . V
OTgatiizw, %the:;as^^ 4p^?Jc.at..aQ..aifeEEe^^Bj[^ ^jrote^ - •
,M^ssaciius.^fc.ts3r Ctihat^the ,ieatiijg.j!»s,iaM^Jbhe^ausi^^^ the^ liite^- ' '
,,^?i<?g^^e',:K§9atided:.to„:34^ :p9acs. TSoiidi^ Jtidge;-
' - '^^ ■ .j
: ■ :s fP^TApBi,m&/csim^^ iptoica J^te tiam^ -.otit- to prbtest: • < " ' -
; / ' |2^ *«> :S?^'~ot«i;.a /
;f^i^)pOVQp'jpfad©"l56nd»^^^^^ --r^. ' A:--."''/'"'
- . J&e Jy#1y . Wockisr.iv wit^^ iiia^bKead;. aa :menticiifed,abov0, -tirtier -
i - o|. :MpMayj ^^^ itm; tmd^ tfee. dit^'' ' -
tiMi j'^-SJEat .ambptioei3. VsbLotaXiSmsmjie^. for . MectlOn ^ive> '
Instant arMcl^^rfif lect^^ Comintmist lead^> kxydt
Ch^$3raaii <ef^ i^majbWDBR ■ '
jQha£rfliah:,ro|i |;fee:,Kati6iiia!l:CM^^ R4la^Bp^^ ■
'^'■'*^» TJ^^.contain&C^ >, 'r '
V ^» ft,'
^,'*'^^' '"vr^ *7Vj''
Th^ iSaily^:^^ tiiih ica^^^^ referred; t^^:
t&e JDaitly WOTker^/wl^ mgthead; |ts ref iectecl ^tbpve> for
. *ISiesday J,"i^ reflected phsit
POTS WES% .deocgi^ b<?rn>organ^ X&n^iisycfS^^
' lihk t^lajgdixi^: ^Mh0 on 'fil^ '^i^th^Milj^^ are "^iipetS^: ^ ;
. caiicffjgdi; Ori©:; of ^-fee^e: :
V ^ off i^^er of Waiikc©^:^^^€isid^ :
^reci^ly: Ai^^ of, published? ^plci^ .
• ' . «ATx>ut: ii? Gt hp yeiars; .of age:^ JSDII. lffia^.:t«;:a -natii^^^^
. 'hiIi.:cotndtj?3r 6£ l^Qr*h J|&.ca;g3a.r^^ ' '
ra^<5 siijgiig,- :4e„ sfiii^ ' • .
BSeame ordadiied.;mir^ of 'Coh^Sgaliidn^Qb^ Jolted' Sooi,^^ ■
Were; the. ts?6 f oimdeirA^t: ai.3ipr*.ea^^^ farjgr
■jgarljF i i^3li.,. a^gig^ J;b ^otth- fi^^oMna-dis^ricjt; las ^rjwie taiiion
. bi^laniaeic .Se:bieniti^> KoV siic- ' ■ • '
at %a]^l. H£lli~ ii^dfeg^ ' ,
■ ;asr^Ssatijc district b^ganiaeib:!^^^ ^yik- .a aiid" a half - * .
or tisb- ^ears,^ khbw * -
t (^eof gia .c6uh% ,he; .pr;c^fiSSjOfc_;atL0g!^^ -
,':.Nc^ r|^6rt»?d.tci*.t^^ <5f ii!aiia&$u;b'amp^ vbiipe
-of |»^s /aisotti/.tM^ ^ ■
: •cbiiiEagijaW-s^owinl^ te^^i^sitoig,, ".
mbsb Stjiattii6J^:.,i^atia>: ■ > :
organiaefc is.^a %en; .'P^IiSSG-.^^ ^0' ; ■
"pstrict. ie.: teaid£ibat0:ui,6n3i '4 t^oiajbof 4al>6ui;25-^m Mb^t, of .
' looatadL aaiio^ise. ^^pm^MmjoGt^ ' disappeOTi9d;1&jbat .
\4m~&iiCc^\iheii4!Sim^ in;t&#-.£#t3r ;
dtctptjed to ,,a^ iOT^^ Htti^_a!bo*ejJi©feb4fc' V
lisi'jidpnspioiic*^^^ '''' V ■ ■
J>;»Di£AS was' clbj^ft iis^oiiiate, :of . 'W^miLWmf- '. SAIOjETT. Mso-
DOIW^. -was cixircli- :&ad. that he>"
D0M|S> TOS^attq^^ ibf^itra^^^
^slDgJ^ii^ teiief: Itio'f^^ iteejiing of iihe Cbiardh^^
TfeS ;poP€^^^^ DOM&S' as a jnMisil f or/, the^^^^^ t&/enn^ ' \/ :
'tis,, jDOljaS, M/read frM^^^ ^STtf^/bbo^^^^ tfcat "feSTj : ,
djsf ens© h&a' sp^^^^ d£ tho^e whp^ <3U:ff flFit|ii th^av as Fascists- J
. V , ^ ^ - T-k cai 7rii2?^U8 advised. th^.Ne«r: T<3t-k AC)ff^^ pokl?^
^??hd is a .^oet .:ahd ii^o i,3: coi^epted^ir^^^ lftiitsa?i is a" * \
oh a rec&^:^j^lp l3jjf.tk0:^3^^
alMster in flQ^^^ /-
caa?i0; to Dai^yi^^ t^k^ inriglt^ to. %e^^^ ^
bef^pre jsih look M;i|i€^,-|i^^ ,
'. rent 'f Ai^ 3»a£,r^a1;©^4Q' tepjlti^si;; "
,, , • .■ *■
. - WationS^^ Styd(Snti S§cr^tairy tft& CbnpHd^ /Party :aib %ii9;' Tarndtiai •
'\ -f. ;'' \, • . ■"•/, ;^_/ .''\-\ ■ '' '■' *
.^HaRIiBS 1?> aaiKES- 'o£. -.lbtie- At'ianfea Mid^^^ MIST. : ' .
. ' "safcii.:H9ifflR- "BilTES CHASE andjmyTilAM. fJ^AtEIORp,' , .Ab6v^ ia6d*$ng'- ■ '
' 'jjectfiteed at^^^^ - .
■ ■:• ana/^'GHAEiES;!E^. .JfcBfMS •Ms'S'- '■
:. f JspEx-dpd- cHAiiisg^ ^^^^^ ...
i3)96rgiaj,;;M:tii;:^..3^ .id&fiTbi^iid -as IRVi^ifeoiElEVj • ; . " '..
. ' ■ bt iaifip Atlanta. M 'fcppi?'- i^^MHim#ti?r of /. "
, ^^i^'^i}axs&:^^4%P'Pf^ f3im*.refle$iin|t.. '
,^hiS vindividiiajk. stS-^J^nQQWy .G0ns^a&$^JBa0i^ WgsaidMev i6r %^ •
; . ■ .State. ' of -■Bbui.siaiiaV' ■ '/ -• ■ - ' " ' ' - - • . . •. ■ ■•"''"';-'*:'■"■• ' r
■ EE.BE^&KES at /corner C)f;.mityc9ii,!^
£p]nD6r° .member . iU^ pc^^aipN^^;
' tig*' in":
Stete3-?ost Office* *
STANDARD FORM NO. 64
DECLASSIFICATION AUTHORITY DERI
FBI AUTOIiATIC DECLASSIFICATION
DOH&LD LEE tols
INIEEML SECURITY - C
Remylet August 6, 1948,
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
DATE: Noveniber 15, 1^^^
Reference is made to SAC better #44, Series #97, and SAC
Letter #98, Series #97, concerning Top Functionaries*
During the past four months subject of instant case has been
residing on a farm in DxigLasville, Georgia, and is, at the
present time, attempting to operate the farm in an effort to
make a living.
and AT- 1338 advised that T5EEST has been lefb out of
conferences and other matters concerning Commuiaist I^rty
activities in District #31. Informants advise that WST
has not been as active in Communist Party activities since
he lost his position as Professor at Oglethorpe I&iiversity,
in the Summer, 1948, and has not been actively engaged in
attending meeMngs of the Communist Party figures in the
In view of the above, it is not felt that the subject should
be continued as a Top Punctidnsiiy, and it is requested that
the Bureau advise whether or not WEST can be deleted as a tbp
,0V 18 1948
*r4'sl ?ai^:^^^^^^ arid jfQu^ ire^'autiip^'e^ ^
J! 1 k
DECLASSIFICATIOII AUTHORITY DERIVED FROM:
FrfVuTOILiTIC DECLASSIFICATION GUIDE
DJsa/ 06-10-2010 ^ - ^
J^£orxxi No. 1 J
fi^rnXS CASE ORIGINATCD AT i^^LAUIpjt
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
FiLH NO. 100-559 ml
REPORT MADE AT
PERIOD FOR WHICH MADE
jOSSPH g; HOLMES
CHARACTER OF CASE
DOMID las-WSST, Was,
IieBRiljm SBCURfSY - d
SYNOPSIS OF FACTS:
K SERE SHOW OlHBRWisff
S^ONALD LSB^CSSS^'^r-eportedly in j^ntact
with SA^ffilLLlMS jHOtlER SAT^OFlSB,
^ l£A)SHrjSSs^O^^ Snd to
harro "been veiy a^^xive in Peoples Pro-
gressive Party of G-a* until UovemlDer,
1948^. VJSST -reportM to have 'submitted
resignation as Co-Ohairman of the
Progressive Party (State of Georgia),
on li-:*&-48, liut that committee members
ta"bled his written resignationTj In--
formarits stat^ he has not "been vea^
active in Oommanist Party matters since
Uovemher, 1948* Suoject presently
living on J arm at St. 4, Souglasvi^,
&a. • ^
Bureau Pile Ho^ 100-1O355* ^
letter from Atlanta to Bureau,. 11-15-48. .
Heport of SA PAUL TIEMSY, Atlanta, 10-27^48
Confidential Informants 0?-l, and all
informnts of known reliability, advised tha,t$^f
during July, August and September, 1948, BOlf^lSTt/
sole activity had been in connection with the
peoples Progressive Party of Georgia* ^j^^
^ G0PIE3 DESTIl03:E3f>,
i - GUI', Charleston
1 - OSI V/arner .Eobins, Ga»
1 - IDA, Atlanta
2 ^ Atlanta
DO NOT WRITE iN THESE SPACES
Id MAR 1^ 1949'
AT - 100-559
..w-j/idenflal Informant T-3 'advised that JBimmJiL
-JQSEAE:, \SLLLM;,,®a>3a^^ close and constartt contacts
6r^0MSILBAIE^iia;SS.j District Organizer, Gomnnist Pai'ty, District
#31 ."Georgia, Imd -HOtliDE BAT3S' -GH^SS told him tha't WEST had ri9t ^een
cooperative during the p,ast three months while he had, been residing
on his farm; and that it was their ppinipn that ^he had tecomff a-
"prima donna" in reference to the .Peoples Progressive Party" of
. Confidential Informants T-1, T-3, and .T-4, who;
is a person. -of known reliability, advised, that DOMLD 1B3 WEST wa?
veiy active in the Peoples Progre^'sive Party of Jj^^^®^
and Hovemher 'of 1948, and that .^■S.T„iia.d^been,:contaci^^
Southern Organi&er,^ao.miaunisAJ£aj£$y-> J^-ig...^^
four occasion^ durin g the-j}hr.e.ejm.cxxLtlL&:.P^o4 prlor.„to OctplJer^
They inf ormeT .ttet -^^B^T' has nof heen veiy active in* Communist Party
matters, during the tteribd O-cfoher through Decem'oer,-. ^^^^Jl^^C^
Cpnf icLen^ilal. Infprmant .T-5, an inforraait of known,
.reliability, advised that dicing, the Wefc ending- Octoher 23-, 19.48i; ^ ^
he was around the -PeoTj.l^es Progressive Party Head<iiia^^|p^ f reauently,,
and that on -one- o ccasi on he- saw M^^Md .^iTS^,.J.m^Mmom .leaving,
the Party HeadCLuartefs with gO Eig.M'BS T in v W s red'J=eep* Ji^IBS 1*
BARFGOT >was- the Progressive. pSSly cancfrdate. for Governor of Georgia.
•T.-5 informed that several dcys later BAPJ-QQT told hijn- that he and- has-
wife "had spent several^nights onM^E3S,T'>S' farm, near Douglasville^ Geor.gia*
He inf ormed -that SAM^fcilMS, k JTegro .Prof es.sof in j-olitical Science^
a^ Atla^t^ Univerfe^tyTw^lpsely associated with DQNiLJ) m^,. and
that the Iwo frequently worked together ^^^^
. Cpnfidentiar Informant T-5 further advised -th^^ he.
returned to Ms home'on Qct.oter 20, .1^48,, ,at-ahout -6:00 T>.my afte-r .
jhaving .heen absent all. day. At that time T~5's mpther told him that
■HOMER BATDS -OHASS, VOisMD 5®ST,, and mT' BOSS camg. to Ms house about
10:.30' that "morning .&nd stayed tuit.il about e'!30 p.-m. T-5 ^dvi.sed en
Uovejn'ber 8* ,1948.,, that he. had attended, a mee-tihg of the peoples
:pro.gressive Party at 85 Alexander Street., Atlanta.,. Ge.o-ijgia,- on
November ,6, 1948, -and. that ,.^t thi^ m'eet.ing iDOKOiD i,3S WEST had sub-e-
mitted a, written resignai^loS 4s Cp-ChMrman. of-;the Progressive Party .
in the Stat? of fi-e^orgia. -He said tliat mi t^II^AMg, JSTegrb,, "^^de a
motion which was carried to U^l^e the -resignation submitted by .flSST.j^;
* As a matter of interest in this case, it Is
noted from a news i't em appearing In the "Atlanta Jonrnal", OctoVer 13,-
'1948, that DOKCE) \^SST was not listed as an elector for the Peoples
PrpgrpssiTe Party of Georgia, and that those who were 'listed as
electors had signed "non Communist." affidavits as- requested under^
recently enacted Georgia election laws* It is also noted that this
liews item reflected that a list of electors which, had heen submitted,
earlier -hy the Progressive ^'arty contained the name of DOUiLD ^ "^^SS?*
.j^O&Qrifidential Infonnant ^-6^^ TDerson of known
Teaiability, adyiseX|[tnSt he -has noticed -no unusula activities around
LOIMiP ¥ES3?«s farm in recent months* - He said that WEST is spending
most of his time alone,v 4n4.has "been busy for the pa.st week or so ^
installing a well pump and a rionhiii^^ater system in his house,^ He
also informed that M rs. ^m'kim:_'^^i^S2^ ^ who also resides' oa this f axm
with hei: hushand, Is apmrently ^^ending weefc^ehds p^ily on this f arm^.
It will he ,noted that -SHIHL3Y T, 3AP?S. Is resoriedly a teacher^
the Atlanta, ^Georgia Puhlic School/Systesa* VSr6 fi^rther informed^^^H
that DOH^D v;bST's correspondence h^s been unusually light in recehiT^ ^
woeks^ ' - .
^ , . Confidential Informant T-5 advised, on December 30,
,1948, that NAT BOSS' and -BONAa) VrsST .hrJd visited at his home, on that, day,
\^and had left at ah put 5:D0 p.-m* -to 'go to^^'SST^'s place near Douglasville,/
Georgia^. T-5 further informed that KOSS h-ad airrived in Atlanta on _
Pe^cember :30, 1948,- .and -would .undoubtedly confer wi th ,HOi€JR E^TliS GHASH
Confidential Informant 1-3 advised on December 13,
1948,, that HAEDyJ^OTT conta.it ed EITOCB TOIOTAE in an effort to locate .
DOHMiD L33 ^SSf ^Q stated that TONT'AK advised- SCO TO^ that \®ST was
-orobably on his farm in DduglLasville, Georgia*. This informant further
'advised^ that SdOTT and TOHTAK arranged to m^et for lunch about 12:45 v.^r^
on December 13, 1948 r]^^,^ ^ _
• ' - [confidential Informant Tr-V, J^o is a* person
j^own reliability, ^dvisgd that .on December 13, 194p he , observed qugj^
, ^TAE meet Hi,^YIi^^^££ on Pryor Street in froiiT^of. the Chamber of
O^SS^ce Building,. Atlanta,' •Geo'rgiai< He irtformed tha^ ffi^HDY I.3E SCOTS
was a Communist P:arty orgahizier in Geqrgia iii^the early 194Q»s, and is^
now, according to a reliable spv^TCe in/the Atlanta division, -Relieved
to be in Asbeville, North vCarolina in :some leather workers union.
following is the Identifiqation Becotd of sut>ject,
under 131 #8l4So5, as received from the 131 JiiigeiToring DiTisioni
siisp* of larci
- P S N :D i. N G-^
-AI - l.pO-559
X S'i D S
THE AQIANTA DlVISIOIf ' *
At Atlanta. Georgia ' _ ^
Will continue to follow the activities" Of BON ''130 through
iiiformants at Douglasville, Georgia, and maintain contacts with
Informants to determine DOITALD s movements and activities^
I Oanf icLeniiai JjifonnfflEit 5-3
0onfidential I?i^priiiant 5?--l
Confidential, Inf orman't T-4
Oori.f ideniiial liiformant T-5
epnfidential ,Inf.prm^t T-6
Atlanta, lieorgi.^> wn6 uatj m
numergua occasions voluntarily
^ farnished reliable" infpfjfnation
concerning the Oomimini^t Party
activities in Atlanta, and the.
State of Georgia,
- 6 ^
Jan 23 1949 363:. cd
j . .814 505
^, j The following is the record of FBI number
• ■■• Director.
, Phila,. Pa,
. Barnes MS^n
NAME AND NUMBER
5 1 FEB 18
file in #100-2
cc to Atianta
12 FEB H 19^9
* Represents notations unsupported by fingerprints in FBI files.
NOTICE: THIS RECORD IS FURNISHED FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
opo 16— lexeo
The following is the record of ^BI number
hhtml ptiteau of 3nbe£(ttgatto(|||^
tKniteb B>tntt^ department of f iii^tice
NAME AMD NTTMBEB
The folXowing is
6a| >!|)Mc9 of fe,3,x"
fai^;S hair, dark
eyes'.,- j^sir'k blues
5 in 193^
The f©aioMng is
of th® above mh
A ^ho.tbgraph of
in the file® of
a ©script Ipn of this
^iog on. pi?int #3239* PBs-
, Gas" fetlonal|lty.
^.rblsrAj Keight, 278 pounds
^C^jps and raa^sS', left
0 29 V
mf \Se ic.entieaX with Buz^^iau
notatiOTis unsupported by fingerprints in FBI files. - ^Ss^ '
NOTICE: THIS RECORD IS FURNISHED FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
OPO le— 16190
Bureau: Hie '100.-;
■ - : , V- ^ She. ,4iB&,t tresoi-t ^^^^
■ /iit vtew of ^Ki^;- visual t't J^^^ 4Si .,a -Ike;^ .
>^ ^y"( i''^
r TrCLC y:_ V '
['Harb o ^ \ ...
. • • ■ : ' ■ . p0mi&t%. I^j-istf ^'x^por^^ -^$«acfe>t]lie' •iiuT3sfts?i<m '^f .iihe last- •■ " ■"■-/■'y
* 7olso n\
s Qlavi n . ^ - .Ur^t .
Rose ns-, . . - '
Trac y' ■ - . - ' " ^
This case originated at
fedefUl bureau op INVE^GATION J
DECLASSIFICATIOM AUTHORITY DERIVED FROM:
ATLAlfTtfBI AUTOIIATIC DEC LAS S I F I C ATI OH GUIDE AT^
ROKHrr MAOK BY
JOSEPH C. EOUIES
DONALD LEE YfEST, wag^
CHARACmt or CASK
INTERNAL SECURITY* - C
NOPSIS OF FACTS
y a quiet life on his f^exm near Douglas-vxlley
' ^ Ga,; reportedly spandi^mos t yof his time
farming and writing • l^HSO^as had no knovm
contacts mth HOMER BATE§?^iASE, Communist
Party District Organizer Tor Ga,, during t
past year^ but his i\T:itings purportedly
fiaOlTiaN CONTAINED ' ^^^1^^^ Communist line.
- " - (^V
Bureau File 100-20396.
Report of SA JOSEPH C, HOIAiES, 3"rll-49, Atlanta,
AT DOUGLAgVILU!, GEORGIA;
nficlgntial Informant T"^l^of known reliability,
^advisg ^ that he sees DOK^ALITV'JBST frequently on the
latter ^s farm, located about ten miles south of
Douglasville, Georgia, in Douglas County, and that
VfflST^ appears to be leading an industrious but quiet
life* He stated that he has never been successful
in engaging YJEST in any type of political discussion,
but has observed that ?JEST is usually busy in an
effort to improve the buildings on his farm and getting
the place cultivate^. He said that WEST apparently
spends quite a bit of time in V;Titing« He also
ftO'l /^AW I'b^^ informed that YJEST'IS wife and daughters are living
, ^Ext. Byo Kj . MDy^ ,,! ^^ ^ in Pernandina, Florida, v/here he understands I'Irs.
ci^FCIM ' ^^^ t , , ■ r ... T /EST has a tccching position-
>f Review ^^'""^^
DO NOT WRITE IN THESE SPACES
\B) Bui^e^UCOPIES OF THIS REPORT^f^ '
1 OKI, Charleston
1 OSI, yrarner Robins, Ga.
1 IDA, Atlanta
Q A - hlciL - fea
3 DEC 14 194S
INDEXED - 77
PROPERTY OF FBI This confidential r"
the FBI and are not to be distributed
's contents are\loaned to you by
agency to 'which loaned.
J, SPEITCE DAYIDSON, Route 4, Douglasville. Georgia,
who operates a country store in the community where DQ lPrJEST li ves,
advised that TJEST appears to be living a quiet life on his farm, and
from all reports spends quite a bit of his time in v/riting*
Mr, DAVIDSON informed that DOiJ ^TEST, after moving to his
present home, attended the Mount Zion Baptist Church, ^vhich is in that
community, on a number of occasions, and on one occasion led prayer
and took part in the meeting. However, after the local members of
the church learncd^that DON 7/SST is supposed to be a Communist the
members cooled off toward Y/EST and '/JEST stopped attending ohiorch.
Mr, DAVIDSON fxirthor informed that CRARLIi^^Lr Sr, /
a retired Fe deral Pe nitentiary guard and' a neighbor of DON "VJEST,
is YfflST'S close st^f-rrend in the communi ty and has associa ted with
Tii'm-q:uite_jx_bit', He also informed that | \ ^ lives
with his father -and is employed as a mail carrier ia>th(? City of
Atlanta^ Georgia, and commutes to work. He informed that CHARLIE
H/i.LL, Sr, is presenbly in very poor health and is confined to an
^?r, ^JERpffi„H> ( cmLBY^ ilLSDN. Douglasville , Georgia,
advised that ho has relatives living in the community v/here DON*
YjEST resides and has spent quite a bit of time in the community
hunting and fishing. Ho informed that as far as he knows DON
YffiST has never made any effort to preach Communism to any of his
neighbors. He stated that he has heard that DON TiTEjST is pl.anning
to leave his farm and go to work for a Nexv York City publishing
It has been ascertained that DON 1"?EST frequently received
a nuniber of copies of "The Southern Parmer", a magazine published at
7orm.ed that he has noted several articles which
were written t>y DON T/ESJ published in "The Southern Farmer"*
In connection with Ii/"EST*S reported contributions to
"The Southern Farmer" magazine, a letter appeared in the "letters
to the editor section" of the Atlanta Constitution on September 19,
1949; this letter is, signed "K, S,, Atlanta", and is quoted as
"I have just read in this^jnonth's issue of Southern
Parmer an article by D, YZES T praising a certain
Georgia minister for being what Mr, T^fflST calls a
"practical Christian", It seems, according to this
article, he earns this praise for attacking our
foreign policy toward Russia; believing peace can
bo ours if we want it (meaning we, and not Russia^
are to blame for the threat of v/ar in the world);
for "practicing Christian democracy" by fearlessly
taking llegroes into his church and in his home; for
attacking the KKK, Columbians and other "Fascist"
organizations (the Communist Party not being
mentioned), Mri 7JEST goes on to say this preacher
has had the "honor" of being denounced as a Communist,
thus indicating this was a sign of his being right.
"I ask you, is this pure Communist-line propaganda?
You answer it»
"To be sure one should have the right to criticize
his country. But for a minister of the Gospel to
turn aside from the faith and join hands with the
Communists, who are to the core haters of God and
all that is good, only proves that v^e are in the
time spoken of it II'Thes. 2:3, the "falling away"
among the believers".
N^nfidential Informant who in the past has furnished
reliable information cono^ning Communist party activities in Georgia
advised that in July, 19494 JMISS IMUm^OOT , who was very active '
in the Peoples Progressive Party of Gec/rgia, and was formerly a known
close associate of DOMLD LEE V/EST, advised him that "DOIT mST is
provoking CKASS and the entire group of the Peoples Progressive Party",
CEASS referred to above is HOJ^R BATES CmSE, Communist
Party District Organizer for Georgia,
Confidential Informant T-4, who in the past has voluntarily
furnished reliable information concerning Communist Party activities
m Georgia, advised thrt JMmS UmiiR BMFOCff visited his home in the;^^^
- 3 -
early part of May, 1949, and to M%SS^6i?^ iS^gglOSS , Southern , Organizer
for the Coranunist Party*, had7' on his 'last visft to Atlanta, tried to
get DON ".JEST and EOmR 'BATES CHASE together--* T-4 also quoted BARFOOT
as stating that he, BARFOOT^ and DOM T/EST were tr^ng to get rid of
the Coirimunist influence in the Progressive Party
jConfiderjfcial Informants T-5, T-6., and T-7, of knovm
reliability, advisedl that DONALD LEE iTEST has not beea active in
Communist Party actiyities during the three month period ending
September 30, 1949, ^
|^4j T-5, and T-7 advised|that DON YfflST has not been active
in Georgia affairs of the Communist Party for the three month period
ending June 50, 1949 •
Confidential Informants T-7 and T-8, of knovm reliability,
advised that to their^knoivledge DON V/EST was not in contact vath HOMER
BATES CHASE or EUDIC^^ONTAK, a close associate of CliASE, fpr the three
month period ending larch 31, 1949"":^^^
EVAJJTI^'ILDSR, formerly of Cartersville, Georgia, and who
now resides in Atlanta, was, according to his own admission, recruited
into the Communist Party by H0I5SR BATES CHASE, advised in the spring of
1949 that DONALD LEE IVEST was not ^.otively connected v/ith the Communist
Party in Georgia,
^ . Gr^ advised that an inf ormag^fhoS told him DONALD VffiST
had stated that he, VfflST, had been dropped from the Communist Party
because he wtxs "too rugged an individualist'^.
THE MliMI Pr/ISIOH
At Pergandina, Florida, xvill attempt to determine if subject^ s
wife is teaching school in Fernandina.
THE MOBILE DIVISIOj;!
At Montgomery, Alabama , will review the 1949 issues of the
Southern Farmer magazine, particularly the September, 1949, issue/
and ascertain what articles therein have been written by DOKALB L"E VfflST*
Will brief the contents of any articles written by ?^ZSST.,
THE ATLMTA DIVISION
At Atlanta, Georgia , will continue to follow IVEST^S Communist
activities, if any, through Atlanta informants.
Will interview] |, who is an AtlaT.ta, Georgia^
mail carrier, concer ning a ctivities of :i/SST In th e Douglas County '
community v/here both | "| and YJEST reside, | [ may be contacted through
his post office sub-st ation, telephone Dearborn 478.7 > It is desired
that he be intervi ewe d
At Douglasville, Georgia , will, through informants-, continue
to follow DONALD LEE '.JEST'^S activities.
1.5r. J. SPEKCS DAVIDSON, Route 4, Douglasville, Georgio.,
advised that it was rxoraored in Douglasvillo that CHARLIE FALL, Sr.,
a neighbor of subject ;JEST, is "one of DONALD WEST converts",
J^. DAVIDSON further infornBd that he has heard rumors
in the coimnunity that DONALD VfflST is atter-ipbing to r^nt his farm
and is desirous of moving to Now York City.
In connection with the lead set out for the Mami Division
at Fernandina, Florida, subject »s wife's name is M3E^DATi ^TCF!T t
originally from Middle.cihnrn. TTfintnr.W amLJiL^two childrer
Douglasville, Georgia, who has. requested his identity
..Atlanta, Georgia, who has requested his identity be
former Coimnunist Party member,
who has requested his identity be protected^.
- 7 *
ERi^ BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Form No- 1
THIS.^^jiASE ORIGINATED AT
REPORT WADE AT
PERIOD FOR WHICH MADE
DONALD Lp; If'JEST, was.
B3TEBNAL SECURITY - C S fcfc
SYNOPSIS OF FACTS:
Confidential Informant T-1 advised that a Mrs,
MABEL CONSTANCE IrffiST is presently engaged in
teaching school at Fernandina, Florida,
- RUC -
Bi^^eau file 10a-.2p396«
Report of Special Ag'ent JOSEPH Co KOD/iSS, dated December 12,
1949,, at Atlanta, Georgia*
AT FBRNAI^m, FLORIDA
H. GOLDSTEIN, Postmaster, advised that he did not know of a
Mrs« viEST residing in Fernandina, Florida vdth two daughters*
, employee nf tlie/Florida Public Utilities
Company^ checked her records for a Mrs.^MBEl^DAilS^JEST -^^ith negative results
On January 23, 1950, Confidential Informant T-1 advised that a
Mrs* liABEL CONSTANCi^JBST was presently teaching at the Fernandina High School*
A review of Mrs. V^EST^s file reflects that she began teaching in the secc^id grade
on A\igust 15, 1949j( and that her contract extends to June 14, 1950« She has
Florida Post Graduate Certificate PG^6Q357> The following schools were listed
where Mrs* vi/EST has received education: .
DO NOT WRITE IN THESE SPACES
COPIES OF THIS REPORT
PROPERTY OF FBI - This confidential report and its contentV are loaned to you by
the FBI and are not to )Se distributed outside of agency to -which loaned.
Lincoln Memorial Academy
Lincoln Memorial University
I*M,Gt^Ao Graduate School
Berea College ^ Summer Session
University of Kentucky - ^Svinfcier Session
Brenan College - S^^nmer Session
Oglethprpe University ^ Summer Session
University of Georgia (Master' s Degree)
The following physical description of Mrs, liSST was noted in her file:
Date of Birth
Place, of Birth
January 1, 1911
Married (Husband ^s name not noted)
North Beach, Fernandina^ Florida
Confidential Informant further advised that* he did not Icnot/ the name
of Mrs, ViEST's husband but believe^ that, hg resided ifl geoygia; .However. Mrs*
lEST has tyra daughters residing with. her| | Mpi
g|^!Land her twp daughters, live- at ^ the Decker Apartments located on Fletcheb
^enue on the North Beach* This location is approximately a half --mile north of
Atlantic Avenue on Fletcher Avenues *
In applying for her present position, Mrs*. VIEST furnished the follows
ing two persons as references t -
JEeahadiZLilall^, University of Georgia, Athens,. Ga,
Ben mjJ-$ ^ ^ . \
It was. further noted that Mrs* WSt furnished the following places
where she has taught school: - ^ . .
Hindman Settlement School
(liocatioh npt nated)
CliQcation not noted)
Catoosa^. Georgia (Supervisor)
. . ' -f 2
Confidential Informant T-1 further 'ac^^^d i:;hat Mrs* VEST has indicated
to him that -she would like -to see her husband obtain a 'teaching , position at
Fernandina, Florida^* HoTArever, it is not the 5>3:^)t:tice. of 'the .Fernandina School
system to employ husband and mf e .as teachers so the passibility of her husband
obtaining a tea,ching position is remote^ M time of mentioning this possibility
to T'T-l^ Mrs* YffiST .aiSifised that her husband ivas -obtaining a Master^ s Degree some-*
where in Georgia^
REFEHHED UPON G0I3PIETI0M TO THE OFFICE OF 'OaiGIK
^ 4 -